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Dedicated to Henry Beston's literary classic and the
spirit of life on the Great Outer Beach of Cape Cod

Passages from "The Outermost House"

Eastham Beach (now known as Coast Guard Beach) during Henry's day in the 1920s. Most of the dunes were obliterated by the storm surge of the Blizzard of 1978 and have since been flattened out.

(Photo courtesy Cape Cod National Seashore / National Park Service)

It is no easy task to find a name or a phrase for the colour of Eastham sand. It's tone, moreover, varies with the hour and the seasons. One friend says yellow on its way to brown, another speaks of the colour of raw silk. Whatever colour images these hints may offer to a reader's mind, the colour of the sand here on a June day is as warm and rich a tone as one may find.

 

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